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Tesla Close To Testing Self-Driving Semi Truck, Going By Emails Between Tesla & Nevada DMV

Tesla is getting closer to the point of testing a long-haul, self-driving electric semi truck, going by recent emails between the company and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles that Reuters reported on. How much closer? It's hard to say, especially when one considers the economic hurdles that would have to be surpassed for long-haul […] Tesla Close To Testing Self-Driving Semi …

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BMW Electrified Vehicle Sales Top 50,000 (2017 Sales Through July)

With a fairly broad "green" array — eclectic blend of attractive electrified vehicles — the BMW Group is apparently the world's 3rd biggest plug-in car manufacturer. With the best ever July for BMW Group, the company's total plug-in car sales through July surpassed 50,000. "Year-to-date electrified sales increase 74.8% to 50,711," a press release from the Bavarian auto manufacturer stated

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India’s Recent 500 Megawatt Rooftop Solar Auction Sees Lowest Bid Of 3.4¢/kWh

India has auctioned the largest capacity of rooftop solar power projects in history and the results are extremely promising and could provide a much-needed boost to the rooftop solar power market. India's Recent 500 Megawatt Rooftop Solar Auction Sees Lowest Bid Of …

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An Illustrated Guide to the Growing Size of Wind Turbines

Bigger is almost always better in the wind industry, even if it means difficult logistics. That's the key takeaway from a new report on next-generation wind turbines from MAKE Consulting. The research shows global onshore turbine size increasing at a 3 percent compound annual growth rate between 2012 and 2022, as original equipment manufacturers seek to extract every ounce of potential from the wind resource. The proportion of larger …

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Tesla Model 3 battery cells will turn a profit for Panasonic by next year

Relatively few people focus on it, but the huge Japanese electronics company Panasonic is a minority shareholder in electric-car maker Tesla. The deal dates all the way back to November 2010, the same year that Tesla completed its initial public offering after Toyota took a stake in the company and sold Tesla its Fremont assembly plant in...

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Belgium’s IMEC Nails Coal-Killing Perovskite Solar Cell Record With 23.9% Efficiency

More bad news for coal: new record-breaking perovskite solar cell from Belgium's IMEC is designed with high volume manufacturing in mind Belgium's IMEC Nails Coal-Killing Perovskite Solar Cell Record With 23.9% Efficiency was originally published on

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Sunrun Exceeds 1 Gigawatt Of Cumulative Residential Installations, Misses Analyst Q2 Expectations

One of the United States' leading residential solar installers, SunRun announced this week that it had exceeded 1 GW worth of cumulative installations after 10 years, but despite continued incremental growth, the company fell short of market expectations in its second quarter.

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ACWA Power Awarded Three Egyptian Solar PV Projects Totaling 165.5 Megawatts

Saudi Arabian electric utility ACWA Power has been awarded three Egyptian solar PV projects under Round 2 of the country's Feed-in Tariff program, amounting to a total of 165.5 MW worth of new solar capacity. ACWA Power Awarded Three Egyptian Solar PV Projects Totaling 165.5 Megawatts …

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GE To Build 344 Megawatt Kokhav Hayarden Hydro Pumped Storage Station In Israel

GE Renewable Energy has landed the contract to supply and build the 344 MW Kokhav Hayarden hydro pumped storage station in Israel, which is expected to help stabilize the country's electricity grid. GE To Build 344 Megawatt Kokhav Hayarden Hydro Pumped Storage Station In Israel was …

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Bollinger B1 electric utility truck: 6,000 signups in two weeks

It seems as though online signups are all becoming all the rage among electric-car makers. The practice probably started with Tesla, but it really accelerated in April 2016 when the company revealed the Tesla Model 3 electric sedan in a hugely publicized event watched around the world. The company's first lower-priced model was unveiled in front...

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How the Coming Solar Eclipse Will Cast Its Shadow Across the U.S. Solar Fleet

Want to know how the coming solar eclipse will affect your local solar farm? The U.S. Energy Information Administration has the data. The solar eclipse coming on August 21 will cast a pathway of shadow across the United States, with the moon shading at least half of the sunlight reaching the earth across all 48 continental states. A path of “totality,” or complete obscuration, will stretch from Oregon to South Carolina. In this pathway lie about 1,900 utility-scale solar PV power plants, generating more …

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Electric-car discovery, education centers are now a thing

Breaking with routine and tradition is never easy, especially when it comes to buying, owning, and operating a vehicle powered by an internal-combustion engine. Around the world, roughly 1 billion vehicle owners stop at fuel stations and keep cars powered by fossil fuels running—and have done for a century now. Inevitably, it will take more...

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Better alkaline batteries, made rechargeable, to power electric cars?

Alkaline batteries have been a staple energy source for decades, but their potential has been capped by their chemical properties. Notably, alkaline batteries cannot be recharged, which means their application is often limited to single usess in small devices such as flashlights and remote controls. An alkaline battery finding its way to an...

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Startup Chanje Emerges From Stealth Mode With a New Electric Truck

“We're trying to disrupt that thing over there,” said Bryan Hansel, CEO of electric delivery truck startup Chanje. Hansel nodded over to a brown boxy UPS truck -- the kind that roams city and suburban streets all over the U.S. -- parked on a street in downtown San Francisco. A few spaces behind the UPS truck sat a bright-white electric delivery truck from Chanje (pronounced Change), which was ready to be handed over to a customer. It was big enough to fit …

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel: fuel economy review for automatic, manual versions

Times are tough for sedans in general, as buyers swarm into crossover utility vehicles and ignore the passenger cars sitting next to them on the showroom floor. Also, gasoline remains cheap. All of which may add up to tough times for the current Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, the compact sedan to be offered with a high-efficiency turbo diesel engine...

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Seeking Consensus on the Externalized Costs of Hydro and Mature Energy Storage

What is meant by “externalized costs”? Externalized costs are real costs that are not quantified within the levelized cost calculations presented in the internalized cost articles. These costs are directly or indirectly paid by various sectors of the economy in forms such as pollution-related health costs, grid integration costs of intermittent renewables, and a reduction in the free […] The post Seeking Consensus on the Externalized Costs of Hydro and Mature Energy Storage appeared first on The Energy Collective.

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Russia Eyes Rapid Middle East Energy Expansion

Having battled through the travails of an ever-tightening sanctions regime and a prolonged economic downturn, which in most cases led to a freezing up or lowering of expenditures and the adoption of a very risk-averse investment strategy, Russian companies are now destined to embark upon a new expansion, this time in the Middle East. The […] The post Russia Eyes Rapid Middle East Energy Expansion appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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Why Shifting Regulatory Power to the States Won’t Improve the Environment

President Trump and his appointees, particularly Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, have made federalism a theme of their efforts to scale back environmental regulation. They argue that the federal government has become too intrusive and that states should be returned to a position of “regulatory primacy” on environmental matters. “We have to let the states […] The post Why Shifting Regulatory Power to the States Won't Improve the Environment appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click …

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Grid Efficiency: An Opportunity to Reduce Emissions

Current efforts to conserve energy and reduce emissions are significant. Some governments in Europe have set targets of 50% for the energy conservation. But is this the whole story? The overall efficiency from primary energy to delivered work is about 33% for energy in the US. Almost 2/3 of the energy that is consumed as primary […] The post Grid Efficiency: An Opportunity to Reduce Emissions appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article